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Brentford 3-1 Fulham

Romaine Sawyers
Romaine Sawyers scored his fourth goal of the season in all competitions

Brentford beat 10-man Fulham to win the west London derby and leapfrog their rivals in the Championship table.

Neeskens Kebano opened the scoring for Fulham when he prodded in Ryan Fredericks' cross at the back post.

But Brentford levelled through Sergi Canos's deflected strike and Romaine Sawyers fired in after Yoann Barbet struck the post to make it 2-1.

Denis Odoi picked up a second yellow card for bringing down Ollie Watkins, who then wrapped up the points late on.

The victory sees the Bees end a three-game winless league run and move from 14th up to 11th, while Fulham drop to 15th.

Fulham had the better of the first half and looked to be on course for a third-straight Championship win when Kebano bundled in.

But Canos' first goal since April brought the hosts level before Kamohelo Mokotjo and Oliver Norwood both spurned good chances.

Brentford took charge after the break, with Odoi's two yellow cards in 10 minutes compounding Sawyers' goal.

Nico Yennaris smashed a volley narrowly wide and Barbet's header was saved by David Button before Sawyers set up Watkins to tap in at the back post.

Brentford boss Dean Smith:

"We knew that if we pressed Fulham high they would make mistakes and as we did that our belief grew.

"The third goal was all about our knowledge and game management so it was very pleasing.

"We are nearing the midway stage now so if we remain as consistent as we have been, show the aggression and intensity we did today and turn some of the draws into wins, then we will maintain our push."

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic:

"We played well for 45 minutes, should have scored more but then gave them an easy goal.

"We started the second half very sloppy and they scored. Then we lose a player to a second yellow and that was one of the crucial decisions in the game.

"With a player less it got complicated for us, but we pushed and tried to force things but we didn't show enough energy to change the situation."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 20Clarke
  • 14Egan
  • 5Bjelland
  • 29Barbet
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 15Woods
  • 8YennarisSubstituted forMcEachranat 80'minutes
  • 47CanosBooked at 36minsSubstituted forMacLeodat 73'minutes
  • 21VibeSubstituted forSawyersat 17'minutes
  • 11Watkins

Substitutes

  • 4MacLeod
  • 10McEachran
  • 19Sawyers
  • 25Archibald
  • 28Daniels
  • 31Chatzitheodoridis
  • 33Mepham

Fulham

  • 27Button
  • 2FredericksBooked at 82mins
  • 26Kalas
  • 4OdoiBooked at 53mins
  • 3R Sessegnon
  • 10CairneyBooked at 59mins
  • 6McDonald
  • 16NorwoodBooked at 89mins
  • 19OjoSubstituted forGrahamat 86'minutes
  • 8JohansenSubstituted forDe La Torreat 77'minutes
  • 7KebanoSubstituted forFonteat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 9Fonte
  • 17Graham
  • 22Mollo
  • 23Djalo
  • 36De La Torre
  • 47Kamara
Referee:
Robert Madley
Attendance:
11,090

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 3, Fulham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 3, Fulham 1.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by John Egan.

Offside, Brentford. Yoann Barbet tries a through ball, but Ollie Watkins is caught offside.

Foul by Lewis MacLeod (Brentford).

Rui Fonte (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Lewis MacLeod (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Oliver Norwood (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Josh McEachran (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Fulham).

Attempt saved. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yoann Barbet with a cross.

Offside, Fulham. Kevin McDonald tries a through ball, but Jordan Graham is caught offside.

Foul by Ryan Woods (Brentford).

Luca De La Torre (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Jordan Graham replaces Sheyi Ojo.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 3, Fulham 1. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

Foul by Ryan Woods (Brentford).

Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).

Lewis MacLeod (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by John Egan with a headed pass following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Josh McEachran replaces Nico Yennaris.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.

Attempt blocked. Lewis MacLeod (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers with a through ball.

Rui Fonte (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andreas Bjelland (Brentford).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Luca De La Torre replaces Stefan Johansen.

Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ryan Woods.

Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ollie Watkins (Brentford).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Lewis MacLeod replaces Sergi Canos because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sergi Canos (Brentford) because of an injury.

Hand ball by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).

Attempt saved. Sergi Canos (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kamohelo Mokotjo.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by David Button.

Attempt saved. Yoann Barbet (Brentford) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sergi Canos with a cross.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Fulham).

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